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Oath of Fidelity Seminarian Jesus Paredes Cantu of the Diocese of Brownsville made the Profession of Faith and took the Oath of Fidelity on Feb. 5 in the presence of the seminary community at the Pontifical College Josephinum in preparation for ordination to the diaconate. Read the Full Story


The Office of Vocations exists to promote, discern and direct priestly and religious vocations among men and women of the Diocese. Although a vocation begins with a personal call from God, rooted in Baptism, to serve God"s people, it also involves a call from the Church, which discerns in an individual the necessary gifts for a life in Holy Orders or Religious Life.

The Office of Vocations, invites qualified men and women to consider committed ministry in the Church, and evaluates and forms potential candidates for priesthood.

The Office of Vocations is responsible for:

  • Promotion of Vocations
  • Processing of Vocations
  • Ongoing Formation and Evaluation
  • Office of Vocations

Fr. Juan Pablo Davalos
Director of Vocations

At the Last Supper Jesus said to his Apostles, “It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit. Your fruit must endure, so that all you ask the Father in my name he will give you”
(John 15.16)

I love being a priest. I thank God for helping me to listen to the call to priesthood, for putting in my life wonderful people through whom it was easier to discern my vocation and for giving me the understanding and strength to answer "Yes." It is incredibly gratifying to live a life of deep meaning. I thank God for that gift, which continues to deepen and grow.

If you have ever felt an interest in knowing more about priestly and/or religious life (even if the interest seems to be minor) I encourage you to reflect and pray, asking God to open your heart to His call; you may be receiving a genuine call. It is not a coincidence that you are now reading material on this topic. It is a real mystery how God calls his people; therefore, this office is meant to walk you through the basic information and discernment on how a person becomes a priest or religious person. I hope and pray that you also allow God to speak to your heart. The possibilities can be immense and the rewards out of this world. It will be a pleasure for us in the diocese of Brownsville if you consider us as an option.

As Vocation Director, I invite you to contact me, so that we can talk further about God’s call for you.

May the Lord Jesus truly be the Lord of all that we do and are. Asking God’s blessing for you and the intercession of Our Lady the Mother of God.

I look forward to hearing from you!


"Each of you has a special mission in life, and you are each called to be a disciple of Christ. Many of you will serve God in the vocation of Christian married life; some of you will serve him as dedicated single persons; some as priests and religious. But all of you must be the light of the world. To those of you who think that Christ may be inviting you to follow him in the priesthood or the consecrated life I make this personal appeal: I ask you to open your hearts generously to him; do not delay your response. The Lord will help you to know his will; he will help you to follow your vocation courageously." - Pope John Paul II at a Youth Gathering, St. Louis, 1999

Prayer for Vocations
(Pope Benedict XVI)

O Father, raise up among Christians
numerous and holy vocations to the
priesthood, to keep the faith alive and
guard the gracious memory of your Son
Jesus through the preaching of his word
and the administration of the Sacraments,
with which you continually renew your

Give us holy ministers of your altar, who
are careful and fervent guardians of the
Eucharist, the sacrament of the supreme
gift of Christ for the redemption of the

Call ministers of your mercy, who, through
the sacrament of Reconciliation, spread the
joy of your forgiveness.

Grant, O Father, that the Church may welcome
with joy numerous inspirations of the Spirit of
your Son and, docile to His teachings, may she
care for vocations to the ministerial priesthood
and to the consecrated life.

Sustain the Bishops, priests and deacons,
consecrated men and women, and all the
baptized in Christ, so that they may faithfully
fulfill their mission at the service of the Gospel.
This we pray to You through Christ our Lord.


Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us.

Oración por las vocaciones
(SS Benedicto XVI)

Padre, haz que surjan entre los cristianos numerosas
y santas vocaciones al sacerdocio, que mantengan viva
la fe y conserven la grata memoria de tu Hijo Jesús
Mediante la predicación de su palabra
y la administración de los sacramentos
con los que renuevas continuamente a tus fieles.

Danos santos ministros del altar,
que sean solícitos y fervorosos custodios de la Eucaristía,
sacramento del don supremo de Cristo para la redención del mundo.

Llama a ministros de tu misericordia que,
mediante el sacramento de la reconciliación,
derramen el gozo de tu perdón.

Padre, haz que la Iglesia acoja con alegría
las numerosas inspiraciones del Espíritu de tu Hijo y,
dócil a sus enseñanzas,
fomente vocaciones al ministerio sacerdotal y a la vida consagrada.

Fortalece a los obispos, sacerdotes, diáconos,
a los consagrados
y a todos los bautizados en Cristo
para que cumplan fielmente su misión al servicio del evangelio.


Maria, Reina de los Apóstoles, ruega por nosotros.


Vocations Office
Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589

Phone:(956) 784-5053
Director: Rev. Juan Pablo Davalos